Crashing a car is something that everyone will worry about at some point in their life. It is a terrible scenario but unfortunately accidents do happen, and most of us will have to deal with one at some point or another. Whilst severity varies it is worth knowing a few different things that every driver should know to do in the event of a crash, providing it is possible.
The first thing you need to do is stop. Regardless of how small you perceived the crash to be, driving away from any accident is an offence according to the Road Traffic Act. Once you have stopped the car, turn off your engine and get those hazard lights going. Just last week I saw a Dodge Nitro make the mistake of not putting its hazards on after a small night time accident, and the result was the driver behind bumping into the back of them moments after the initial crash to make matters just that little bit worse, adding a second hand Ferrari F355 to the insurance claim. Hazards let any drivers behind you know that your car is stationary and will be remaining that way.
Secondly take a look around to see if the accident has resulted in an injury, you should immediately call the police or an ambulance. Once you have checked for injuries, consider any other perceived threats or dangers to other drivers, for example is there a car blocking the road? If so, notify the police.
Next thing you want to do, is gather all the relevant details you will need, this includes the names, addresses and contact numbers of any drivers or passengers involved, as well as any witnesses who saw the accident. Also get the insurance details of anyone involved in the crash and ask if they are the registered owner of the vehicle. If they aren’t find out the name and address of the person who is.
Other things worth noting down are the registration numbers of the cars involved, their colours and there make and model e.g: BD51 XXX, Silver, Citroen C6. Make a note of anything else you deem important such as any resulting injuries or anything you noticed that could have contributed to the crash. Finally if you have a camera phone, take a load of photos of the accident scene, make sure you get all the damage or any other relevant details.
If someone attempts to leave without swapping details, call the police straight away.